Brian Freed, Board Chair of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation announced today that the CAEDC Board voted unanimously to hire Senator Bill Anderson as their new Executive Director.
Senator Anderson comes to CAEDC with a wealth of knowledge of our county from serving in the legislature and representing our county for several years. Bill and his wife, Angie, have a son (Joseph, 9) and two daughters (Eva, 7 and Mary, 3). The couple has resided for the past 10 years near Pierson, Iowa. They own and operate Anderson Professional Services, an accounting and bookkeeping business located in Sioux City. Bill was born and raised in Sioux City. He is a graduate of Sioux City Public Schools, and is a veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard. He has served as a congressional aide to both Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman Steve King in their Iowa offices. He has served for 7 years in the Iowa Senate representing District 27 (Cherokee, Plymouth and Woodbury), and following reapportionment District 3 (Plymouth and Woodbury).
Angie is a native of Indiana. She was recruited by Farmland to sell feed in Northwest Iowa. During that time she lived near Peterson, Iowa. They are members of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Sioux City.
Curt Johnson, President of Cherokee State Bank, and a member of the CAEDC Board stated that the interviewing committee was very pleased to recommend someone of Senator Anderson’s statue and experience to the Board and that Cherokee County could expect to grow economically under Mr. Anderson’s leadership. Rick Mongan, who represents the Board of Supervisors on the CAEDC Board, stated that Bill’s experience in Des Moines and as an aide to Sen. Grassley and an assistant to Congressman King would be very beneficial in his new leadership role and he was looking forward to working with Bill.
Mr. Freed summarized the Boards feelings with this statement. “The Board could not have found a better fit to lead CAEDC.” Bill has the knowledge, passion, drive and network in addition to understanding how business operates to help lead our county to the next level.”
“I love Cherokee County and am excited to have this opportunity. I look forward to leading CAEDC and working closely with The Marcus Economic Development Group, the Aurelia Development Group and Cherokee Industrial Corporation in addition to all the other communities of Cherokee County. My family and I look forward to this next chapter in our lives in an area we call home,” said Senator Anderson.